Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and could miss the remainder of the regular season.
The Bulls announced Rose will be out indefinitely after he had an MRI Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles that revealed a tear to his right medial meniscus.
If Rose decides to reattach the meniscus – usually the route taken by young players – he's expected to miss the rest of the regular season. To clip off the meniscus is a riskier long-term issue, but could have Rose back in one to two months.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook suffered a torn right lateral meniscus in the Western Conference playoffs in April, and had the procedure to reattach it. He finally returned early this season.
Rose told people on Friday night the injury didn't feel like the anterior cruciate ligament tear of two years ago, but knew he had a damaged knee, a source told Yahoo Sports.
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After missing the entire 2012-13 season rehabilitating the ACL tear in his left knee, Rose had returned this season with a determination to restore the form that made him the youngest NBA MVP in history in 2011. Eleven games into the Bulls' season, Rose's performance had still been largely uneven and inconsistent.
Rose suffered the injury on a non-contact play against the Portland Trail Blazers in the third quarter of the Bulls' 98-95 loss. He left the arena on crutches and flew to Los Angeles with the Bulls on Friday night.
Rose has averaged 15.8 points in his 11 games this season. Chicago has played inconsistent basketball, holding onto a 6-5 record. Rose tore his ACL in the first round of the 2012 playoffs and needed a full year to fully come back.